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Tunnel to close for maintenance work

The Limerick Tunnel will be closed this Monday evening for scheduled maintenance. Direct Route, which operates the tunnel, says both the northbound and southbound lanes will be closed from 8pm until 6am on Tuesday morning. Diversions will be in place via junction 4 (Cratloemoyle) for traffic travelling from the Clare side while northbound traffic will be diverted at junction 2 (Dock Road). The diversion route includes the R445 (Ennis Road), the R527 (Condell Road) and the N69 (Dock Road).

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Council publishes tree guide

Clare County Council has published a new reference guide for organisations, community groups and Tidy Towns groups involved in planting trees towns and villages across County Clare. The new publication is part of Clare County Council’s contribution to National Tree Week 2017, which starts on Sunday. The aim of the County Clare Tree Design Guide for Towns and Villages is to promote the importance of trees, inspire people to plant more trees, demonstrate where to plant trees and inform on how, which and when to plant trees. The guide is for anyone planting trees in towns and villages in Clare and offers advice on planting the right tree in the right place. It sets out to help people to avoid the expense of having to heavily prune or remove trees planted in inappropriate locations in urban areas. The guide includes best practice guidelines for organisations considering planting opportunities in a range of urban settings, including approach roads, streets and public …

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Abuse survivors tell their stories

A SURVIVOR of historic childhood sexual abuse has spoken out in the hope that it will encourage others to seek support and highlight the importance of volunteers to Rape Crisis Midwest. Bill (not his real name) and his sister were abused by a stepbrother. The abuse began when Bill was just six and lasted until he was 12. “It was pretty horrific. It had a really big impact on my life,” he said. His story has been released by Rape Crisis Midwest, ahead of a volunteer information evening on Wednesday, March 15 at 6pm in its Limerick centre. Volunteers are vital to the work of Rape Crisis Midwest, providing support to people like Bill and many others in the region. Bill remembers that his violent abuser was thrown out of the home when the abuse of his sister came to light, though Bill himself did not disclose what was happening to him at the time. Though his abuser was gone, …

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Clare public urged to be ‘Streetwise’

Gardaí in the Clare Division are actively engaged in the month-long ‘Streetwise’ campaign, which is designed to promote personal safety advice. According to Clare crime prevention officer, Sergeant Joe Downey, this initiative, which is also being promoted at national level, aims to further reduce thefts, robberies and assaults through crime prevention, law enforcement, education and awareness. The campaign focuses on three main segments – planning a night out; protection of mobile phone thefts, which accounts for 65% of thefts and robberies and staying safe from assaults. Sergeant Downey said that particular emphasis will be placed on communicating to the general public a strong personal safety message in advance of and after St Patrick’s Day celebrations. “Our aim will be high-visibility patrolling, crime prevention and engaging with the public, and raising their awareness on methods to prevent such crimes, as thefts and assaults,” he added. Sergeant Downey said people planning a night out should make transport arrangements in advance to get …

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Loop Head’s Fenians honoured

THIS weekend, Kilbaha, which is the most westerly village on the Clare coast, will mark the 150th anniversary of the community’s role in the Fenian Rising on March 5, 1867. The Fenians of Loop Head were among the few groups throughout the country who rose up on that day. On Saturday, in Kilbaha hall, Scott Deloughery, great-grandson of John Deloughery, who was leader of the Kilbaha Fenians in 1867 and subsequently emigrated to Newtown, Connecticut, will launch an exhibition of contemporary newspaper accounts of the event. Saturday and Sunday will also feature further talks, a guided historic walk and a wreath-laying ceremony. Historian Paddy Waldron, who will deliver a talk on The West Clare Fenians on Saturday, believes this is Scott’s first visit to Ireland. The attack on Kilbaha Coastguard Station took place on Shrove Tuesday night, 150 years ago. “There were five rebels. There were various other people charged afterwards. Thomas McCarthy Fennell became the best known of the …

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Showing pride in one’s community

Clare County Council is seeking out local communities, projects and housing estates interested in representing Clare in the 2017 IPB Pride of Place competition. The annual all-island competition, which is run in association with Co-operation Ireland and local authorities North and South, aims to recognise and celebrate the vital contributions that communities make to society along with generating awareness, respect and inclusion for every facet of society. Clare County Council Rural Development Directorate may nominate one group per category, providing the total number nominated does not exceed five. Judging for Pride of Place 2017 takes place between June and August, with winners, runners up and special award recipients receiving a trophy and a small monetary prize at November’s awards ceremony. There are 11 categories under which communities can enter. They include three themes: Community based Youth Initiative, Creative Place Initiative, Communities Reaching Out Initiative and five population categories for locations with less than 300 people; 300-1000 people; 1,000-2,000 people; 2,000-5,000 …

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Fire service warning on stoves

THE danger of an incorrectly installed stove flue was highlighted, when a fire broke out at a home in Ennis last week. Units of the fire service based in Ennis were called to a house for what was first thought to be a chimney fire. However, it emerged that the fire was the result of an incorrectly installed stove flu. This latest incident has prompted Clare County Fire and Rescue Service to renew the appeal it made just last month for householders to review the building regulations relating to heat-producing appliances and to ensure stoves and flues are installed correctly. The fire service said the rising popularity of stoves in recent years has led to an increase in emergency call-outs to stove-related domestic fires and incidences of carbon monoxide build-up in homes across Clare. Adrian Kelly, Clare chief fire officer, said, “Fires can occasionally be due to the poor installation of stoves and flues. Some of these fires have caused …

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Body recovered from Killaloe canal

A postmortem is due to be carried out today (Friday) on the body of a man recovered from a canal in Killaloe yesterday morning. The alarm was raised before 9am when a person was seen in the water close to Killaloe bridge. The Irish Coast Guard was alerted and the Killaloe unit launched their boat and made their way to the scene. Other members of the team travelled to the scene by road. The boat crew located and recovered the body from the water and the man was subsequently pronounced dead. The man’s body was removed to University Hospital Limerick. Believed to be in his 60s, the man had not been reported missing.

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